"Powe’s accessible and well-researched account demonstrates why “Texas and not California…provides breadth and depth to constitutional adjudication” that has had the deepest impact on the nation’s laws."—New York Review of Books
"This thoroughly convincing monograph is the definitive work on Texan influence over federal case law. The included political conflicts are tremendously compelling. Indispensable for constitutional historians, Texas historians, and scholars whose work considers sociopolitical influences in American jurisprudence, this book is a delight to read and a most engaging, dramatic account of legal history."—The Journal of American History
"...written by an expert with a deep knowledge of constitutional law who possesses a knack for the telling human detail...filled with wide- ranging opinions on the Supreme Court and its justices, Texas and Texans, and the workings of law and politics."—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
"A creative and entertaining window into American constitutional law. Texas and Texans have played a significant role in shaping American politics, but this book shows that Texas has been equally prominent in shaping the course of constitutional doctrine on the U.S. Supreme Court. Win, lose, or draw, the state has often found itself at the center of national disputes."—Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University
"Lucas A. Powe has been for many years a triple-threat scholar—a keen legal analyst, a profound political thinker, and an engaging historian storyteller. Powe brilliantly puts all these talents to work in a groundbreaking venture—describing how litigation from our largest state has shaped American constitutional law from the moment Texas entered the union."—Thomas G. Krattenmaker, Former Dean and Professor of Law, William and Mary School of Law
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"The great state of Texas, known for its independent and sometimes contrarian way of thinking, has produced a disproportionate share of landmark cases in American constitutional law—in areas as diverse as race, abortion, gay rights, flag burning, and school finance. In clear and lively prose, Lucas Powe, one of our leading constitutional scholars, illuminates the background context of those rulings and supplies many choice anecdotes about the Supreme Court and its Justices."—Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor, Harvard Law School.